We are going to take an overdue look at a bag that has been the most popular series for a brand that is nearing it’s one year anniversary since firing bullets through the landscape of the cornhole industry. The .357 series is one of the major reasons that Killshots Cornhole has garnered a ton of buzz and respect in the world of bags and I can certainly see why. A bag that can be versatile in blocking as well as slinky and fast is something that all experienced baggers want. The .357 series, like the magnum it is named after, is both strong and moves with high velocity.
The fast side is exactly what most throwers have become accustomed to using with bags like the AllCornhole Gamechanger or the Reynolds Excel materials. It’s quick, slick, and has the right amount of smooth to get through and around bags on the board and into the hole. If throwing for a push, this side has no troubles bringing a bag along for the ride. A player with a higher lofted throw can still control this quick side and will enjoy the ability of this bag to drip into the hole. I would put the speed at an 8.5 or possibly an 8 like it is listed on the Killshots website. If there is a drawback to this material, it’s just like the others mentioned above, in that it can snag and create a “run” in the fabric. These fabric pulls can put those annoying white lines through the great design on the fast side of this bag.
Now for the material that has helped bring Killshots to the forefront of the bag world. The Players material slow side is one that holds a versatility that separates this bag and this company from others out there. The material is so useful that they have paired it on nearly half their bag series! The 357, RPG, and AR all use it for the slow side and the .223 pairs it with suede as the controlled fast side on a slower overall bag. The material is thicker than many and different from most slow-go style fabrics because it doesn’t appear to be a weave of any sort. It has a more flat, less textured feel. Don’t let the thickness mislead you, it’s softer and more flexible than reverse suede and moves faster than a carpet bag. In the right hands this side can still play the expert rollover and turn/curve shots along with laying a good blocker when needed. The players material is faster than carpet, yet controllable for almost any bagger. I would put it right at the 5 mark for speed although it can slow down a good digit or more in high humidity conditions. If I have a drawback to this material it’s that for a low thrower with high spin rate, it can play a touch too fast in dry conditions in my opinion.
The seams and overall bag quality certainly meet expectations. The seam at top is average length. The size in hand reminds me of an Ultra bag template. The 357 is smaller corner to corner than AllCornhole bags, yet still keeping a more squared face than Reynolds Bags. The plastic resin fill is most definitely a smaller mix and not uniform round shape. Reminds me of my early Reynolds Victory resin; some round, some kind of flat, but all smaller.
Lastly, the color scheme of blood dripping and splattering on these bags has become something of a statement piece. Basically saying, “Keep your eyes open and play smart or the next bag might just be the one that puts you down… The next one might be a Killshot!”